Get to know Playdough
Playing with playdough is a fantastic way to unleash your children’s creativity and imagination. Just hand them some dough and watch them create everything from dinosaurs to ice cream cones - the possibilities are endless! And don't be afraid to get in on the fun, too. Show your children your own playdough creations and let them inspire you to get even more creative.
Fun fact #1 - Playdough was originally invented as a wallpaper cleaner. In the 1930s, a schoolteacher named Kay Zufall needed a safe and effective way to clean coal residue off her classroom walls. She mixed together flour, salt, water, and food colouring to create a cleaning putty that could be used over and over again.
Playdough is more than just a creative outlet. It's also an amazing way to help your children develop their fine motor skills. As they squish and squeeze the dough, they're strengthening their finger and hand muscles, which will come in handy for all sorts of activities like writing, drawing, and playing instruments.
Fun fact #2 - The first commercial version of playdough was sold in 1956. Its creators, Joe McVicker and Noah McVicker, originally marketed it as a toy for children, but it quickly became popular among parents, teachers, and therapists as a tool for learning and play.
And the sensory experience of playing with playdough is not to be missed! Encourage your children to use all their senses as they explore the unique texture and smell of the dough. This can be especially helpful for children who struggle with sensory processing, as it can help them learn to tolerate and enjoy different textures. Just so happens our Go-Dough is specifically designed for maximum sensory output!
Fun fact #3 - Playdough has been to the moon! In 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left a small container of playdough on the moon's surface as a tribute to children around the world.
But here's the best part: playing with playdough is also a great way to bond with your children and practice social skills. Show your children how to share and take turns with the dough, and work together to create something awesome. This can help them develop important skills like communication, cooperation, and problem-solving.
So, the next time you're looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your children, break out the playdough! You'll be amazed at how much fun you'll have together, and how much your children will learn in the process. For inspiration check out our range of powdered playdough. Just add water, mix & you are good to go! Currently available in 4 awesome recipes: FairyFloss, Woodland, Zen & Galaxy. Grab some Go-Dough today!